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Donkey-Donkey Hardcover – April 10, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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About the Author

Roger Duvoisin (1900-1980) wrote and illustrated 40 books, including those featuring Veronica, the conspicuous hippopotamus, and Petunia, the silly goose. He also illustrated more than 100 written by other authors including the Happy Lion books by his wife Louise Fatio. He received a Caldecott Medal and a Caldecott Honor and was considered one of the most distinguished illustrators of the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375840656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375840654
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I had a very old, very worn, very loved copy of this book and just recently replaced it with this hard cover copy. The book is just as a remember it as a child. The art work is done in beautiful, soft watercolors. The story is about a donkey who is sad because he compares his ears to all the other animals ears in the barnyard. He takes advice from each of them on how to improve his appearance, much to his dismay. The story has a happy ending and is wonderful for teaching children to appreciate themselves and others just as they are.
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Format: Hardcover
My husband had this book when he was a child. His mother put it away and saved it for him and now we read it to our girls. The kids love it and as a parent, it is one of my absolute favorites. There are so many children's books I dread reading over and over and over but I really never get tired of this one. The writing and illustrations are charming and it teaches an important lesson. I highly recommend it!
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Format: Hardcover
Roger Duvoisin's DONKEY DONKEY tells of a donkey who has the strangest ears on the farm - long, and sticking up straight. He wants a new look - but nobody can agree on how Donkey-donkey's ears should look best. Each farm animal has a different idea! This book first appeared in 1933 and is only the second written and illustrated by Caldecott medalist winner Duvoisin. It went out of print in the late 1970s, so it's an excellent acquisition libraries need to replace a well worn shelf classic.
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I loved this book, too, as a kid in the mid-seventies. How can you go wrong with an ass, a dog named "Hector", and even blood droplets released in the name of vanity?! The deal- Donkey-donkey wants to change the position of his ears after he compares his with Pat's. He tries; with disastrous results. (The page with Donkey-donkey crying in the stable has stayed with me till this day.) The lesson- he finally realizes that he is hot when he gets a lecture from a bird on being himself and when a human girl declares him so. I love this book that has light humor. It affected me because at the time of me constantly perusing it, I was insecure about my pigeon-toed left foot, which is still turning in to this day. I have accepted my foot as part as me, and I think that it adds charm to my person. I am now married, so someone thought I was hot enough to keep. I owe it all to a man who left France for Gladstone, NJ. Thanks, Roger!

"...and this story is finished."- Roger Duvoison

Note on illustrations: 1940; they have a vintage appeal with soft colors that are natural and farmy. Think: "fresh milk". Hope that helps.
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The first printing of this book goes back almost a hundred years, and used copies of various printings, right up to the most recent one in 2007, sell from $60.00 to $100 or more. So this book is treasured by many. I wish the publisher would reprint it and/or Kindle would publish it as an ebook. It is one of those children's books that crosses the boundaries of generations and cultures.

The illustrations are simple but convey cheer and life. The artist-writer, Roger Duvoisin, won the Caldecott medal for his art work in 1948 for his book, "White Snow, Bright Snow."

In this book we see that Donkey has many farmyard friends, and his master "is the kindest man in the village." But Donkey is not happy because his ears looked just too long and ugly. So the story is about how he tries to solve that problem. He wears his ears in many positions, and all bring trouble. And then he discovers the very best position for them and is happy from then on. Can you guess what that position is? The answer will bring smiles to young readers and a good lesson too.
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Love the book. I read it to my children years ago. I I got this one to read to my Great grandson.
Still a great story for little ones.
The book was in worse condition than I was lead to believe.
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Format: Library Binding
We ordered the book from England and naturally we were a bit concerned when and what would come if it came at all. To our pleasant surprise, the brand new book came by "Royal Mail" in the timeline they said it would in perfect condition.
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This is a children's book that is great to look at but boring to read. I have not found a child yet who liked the story. If a child likes donkeys, the drawings and price are good.
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